PhD (Rural Sociology), Wageningen University
MA (Land and Agrarian Studies), University of the Western Cape
Academic Profile
I have worked on development and human rights issues in a range of organisations for about 30 years, with food systems, economic justice, and agrarian reform being a focus for me over the last 20 years. Before taking up my current position as a Senior Lecturer and Development Studies Programme Coordinator, I was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Human Economy Programme, University of Pretoria, doing research on food systems and land rights.
Current Research Project(s)
Current research interests are focused on the symbiotic and non-corporate means of production and distribution of food that exist in Southern Africa with a focus on Tanzania and South Africa. This includes studying food markets and exploring what can be learnt from people’s everyday practices for the achievement of the right to food and a more human economy. I am part of the Management Committee of the DSI-NRF CoE Food Security and lead the project on Urban Food Systems supported by the CoE.
Course involvement
I lecture on and coordinate the BSocSciHons in Development Studies. This programme offers an advanced cross-disciplinary study of development processes – history of the field of study, epistemological questions of theory, research methods, and the empirical contemporary world of development practice. I also supervise Masters and PhD Development Studies students.
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UWC’s Professor Rina Swart is a registered dietician as well as a registered nutritionist with the HPCSA. Her research focuses on the prevention of malnutrition through nutrition programmes.

Professor Naushad Emmambux is based at UP’s Department of Consumer and Food Science.

His research applies food chemistry, cereal science and technology, food rheology, microscopy and nanotechnology to tackling malnutrition and diet-related non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

Professor Ndiko Ludidi heads the University of the Western Cape’s Department of Biotechnology. His research focuses on research on the genetic control of plant responses to salinity and drought stress.

Professor Stephen Devereux is a Research Fellow and founding Director of the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. His research focuses on social protection for food security, famine, rural livelihoods and poverty reduction.

Professor Lise Korsten is the co-director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS), and the president of the African Academy of Science. Professor Korsten is based at the University of Pretoria, in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Her research focuses on complementary fields of postharvest technology and food safety related to international trade in fresh produce requirements.

Latest publications:

  • “Profiling bacterial communities of irrigation water and leafy green vegetables produced by small-scale farms and sold in informal settlements in South Africa”,
  • “Spatial diarrheal disease risks and antibiogram diversity of diarrheagenic Escherichia coli in selected access points of the Buffalo River, South Africa”, PLOS ONE. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0288809
  • “Microbiological quality assessment of fresh produce: Potential health risk to children and urgent need for improved food safety in school feeding schemes”, Food Science & Nutrition. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/fsn3.3506.

UWC-based Professor Julian May is the director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS), director of the Institute for Social Development at UWC, and holds the UNESCO Chair in African Food Systems. His current research focuses on food security, childhood deprivation and malnutrition.